The idea of The Kinks getting back together seemed so unlikely, we didn’t even think to include it in our list of prospective reunions for 2014. There’s been back and forth from the band’s brother-members, Ray and Dave Davies, for years, and neither seemed ready to concede to the other. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, however, Dave has made the possibility of the two getting back together for The Kinks’ 50th anniversary sound very real.
“I’d say the odds of that happening are 50/50,” Dave says. The siblings met up in England on three occasions over the summer to discuss the possibility of their first joint tour since 1996. “The first two meetings were great,” Dave recalls. “We talked about the old days and maybe doing something next year. I thought to myself, ‘Oh shit, maybe we could actually do something before we fall down dead.’ It was very positive.”
Despite the optimism and claiming “the ball is very much in Ray’s court,” Dave still found time to compare his brother to one of the most vile characters in cinematic history. “We used to play tennis, and when I was beating him he’d always develop a strategy. Basically, when I was winning he’d be like, ‘Oh, I hurt my back!’ I’d sort of back off, and then he’d get aggressive again. Then I’d get real angry. He’d smile, and it was really like the Emperor in Star Wars testing Luke’s character. When he got Luke angry, the Emperor would be like ‘Yes! I’ve got you!’”
Though Dave might be willing to tour with his personal embodiment of pure evil, he’s less keen on the idea of bringing along The Kinks’ other surviving founder, Mick Avory. “I hope we don’t bring him back,” Dave tells Rolling Stone. “I love him, but it’s water under the bridge. We need new people. Sometimes when you’re with the same old people, you get the same old thing.”
So while a tour could well be on the horizon, new music from The Kinks seems far less likely. “I can’t face the concept of days and days in the studio with Ray,” Dave says of possibly recording new music. “I just can’t do it.” But that doesn’t mean sharing some stage time is entirely out of the question. Hell, everyone else is doing it; why not The Kinks? Well…
“That said, I really do want to do something with Ray before we both decay and decompose,” Dave says as a final remark. “I said to Ray last week, ‘We don’t have much time left.’ But he didn’t . . . Ray, what an asshole he is.”